BOCA RATON, Fla. – Paul Goydos returned to the scene of his latest golf triumph Wednesday, using his dry humor to entertain at the Allianz Championship’s annual Media Day at Broken Sound Golf Club.
Goydos talked about how wonderful it felt last year to birdie the par-5 closing hole with a chip to 6 inches to beat Gene Sauers by a shot.
Defending Champion Paul Goydos with Paul Kelash, the VP of Corporate Communications for Allianz Life, during the Allianz Championship Media Day.
“It’s nice when you don’t have to make a putt to win,” said Goydos, who defends his title when the Allianz Championship celebrates its 10th anniversary at Broken Sound on Feb. 1-7.
Goydos leads an all-star field that includes three former major winners as past champions – Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer and Corey Pavin – as well as Hall of Famers Nick Price, Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. Jesper Parnevik is among the top rookies.
Asked which player he feared the most, Goydos smiled and said: “Me. I fear me the most.”
The Allianz Championship remains the Champion Tour’s first full-field event, which is a good thing for Goydos because three of his five professional victories came in such a setting: The 1992 Yuma Open (Web.com Tour), the 2005 Sony Open in Hawaii and last year’s Allianz.
“I must be doing something unbelievably good in the offseason that gets me prepared,” Goydos said. “Usually, for me that’s the TV and the couch.”
Goydos’ second victory on the PGA Tour Champions was no laughing matter, considering that matched his number of wins in 20 years on the PGA Tour.
“Whether you like it or not, one win can be considered a fluke,” said Goydos, who finished 11th on last year’s money list with more than $1.1 million. “Two wins tends to solidify the value of the second win.”
In less than a month, Goydos and many of the game’s most popular players will return to The Old Course at Broken Sound for the Allianz Championship, which has featured close finishes. Three of the last six tournaments have required playoffs.
“The reason they have such a great field is it’s a wonderful golf course,” Goydos said. “The golf course is as good as we play all year.”
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for the general admission price of $20 per day. Practice rounds tickets Monday through Thursday are free courtesy of the City of Boca Raton, along with free admission for children 17 and younger and adults 70 and older.
Premium ticket packages can be purchased for VIP and Skybox seating, ranging from $50 to $150. Sponsorship packages include branded opportunities, premium seating, and a variety of invitation-only receptions, Pro-Am play, meet and- greets with the legends of golf, etc.
Produced by the nonprofit Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (BRCGC) board that oversees tournament operations, financials and distribution of all charitable funds. The Allianz Championship’s net proceeds continue to benefit the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Allianz Championship tournament is managed by Pro Links Sports, based in Minneapolis, Minn.
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